Mulch does many wonderful things. It can be used to hold moisture into your soil. It is used to keep weeds from having the chance to flourish. It also can add some visual appeal to your garden as well. Mulch has many benefits, and so it is important that it is part of your vegetable garden plan. But what if bag after bag of mulch is not in your budget? No worries. There are plenty of ways to score free mulch. Below, you will find out exactly where to find free gardening mulch, saving you big bucks!
Where to Find Free Vegetable Gardening Mulch:
1. Find a friendly farmer.
Hay and alfalfa makes a wonderful mulch. Befriend a farmer and see if any of them have either of these materials they can send you way. Both will enrich your soil and smother your weeds, and if you can find a farmer who will give you some for free, even better.
2. Rake those leaves.
Crushed up leaves make the perfect mulch. Simply rake your leaves (or save your fall leaves) and collect in a trash bag. You can add a little water, and let the kids stomp on the bag to crush up the leaves. Then, just spread the mixture out over your garden soil.
3. Call your local city offices.
Many cities offer free mulch through their waste removal department. This mulch is often created from trees that the city has to remove during the year. Call your local city offices and see if a program like this is available in your area. In our area, all we need to do is go to our city’s recycling center and we can haul all we wish for free.
4. Buddy up with a neighbor.
You may notice that a neighbor had a truckload of mulch delivered. Offer to buy whatever they end up not using. Sure it won’t be free (unless they offer to just give it to you!) but you can surely get it for less than retail!
Whichever method you choose, all of these are sure to give you great ground coverage, weed protection, and so much more. The best part is, it won’t cost you a dime! So, which one will you choose?